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Let’s not beat around the bush: most who go to Autosport Internatio­nal every year are primarily interested in car racing. For over 70 years, it’s been Autosport’s bread and butter in print. Over the past few years, though, we’ve given a lot more attention to bike racing. So it was heartening to see a nice bit of two-wheel representa­tion at ASI 24.

Thursday’s stage proceeding­s were kicked off by WTF Racing – British Superbike squad OMG Racing’s offshoot – unveiling its new road racing project for 2024, with multiple Isle of Man TT podium finisher James Hillier turning up during the weekend. OMG Racing had a sizeable stand in the exhibition hall, showing its BSB colours for the year ahead, its Wtf-branded bike, as well as a nice selection of machinery, including a Jpsliverie­d rotary Norton and the Honda Fireblade on which John Mcguinness made his 100th TT start.

Elsewhere in the halls, Loris Capirossi’s 2003 Ducati GP3 – the Italian marque’s first Motogp bike and first race-winner – stood on display alongside Andrea Dovizioso’s GP13 from 2013, a bike probably most famous for being one Valentino Rossi really didn’t want to ride! BSB and TT squad FHO Racing had a stand with Peter Hickman’s 2022 Superstock Tt-winning BMW and Josh Brookes’s M1000RR from TT 2023, both resplenden­t in dirt and a massacre of flies on the front bubble. Duke Travel also had Hickman’s lap record-smashing BMW Superstock bike from last year’s TT on show, while bikes featured in the Live Action Arena. LEWIS DUNCAN

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James Hillier talks about WTF Racing’s new road racing project
Pics on Teams James Hillier talks about WTF Racing’s new road racing project
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